Former Federal Reserve analyst, Danielle DiMartino Booth, has published a book called Fed Up: An Insider's Take On Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad For America.  She was recently interviewed in a podcast with Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com.  I have embedded the podcast below.

I enjoyed the podcast very much but it wasn't a lot of new information for me because I've been following the subject for many years.  She discusses the inner workings of the echo chamber of "experts" on the Federal Reserve's FOMC and how their radical zero interest and QE policies have impacted the economy, the bond market and pension funds.

 

Why am I writing about this on musician website? Because it directly relates to my song Billion Dollar Pill which I wrote in 2011 when the economy was still hurting from the crash of the housing bubble of 2006 which bottomed in 2008.  I believe the Fed has not really fixed anything, but merely blown another bubble.  With the help of other central banks around the world it is bigger than both the dot.com bubble and the housing bubble and global in scale.  At some point in the future, my song Billion Dollar Pill will be very relevant again.

I'm sure her book is very interesting but I won't be buying it.

For songwriters and musicians getting their songs on playlists can mean a lot of streams and some real revenue.  But how do you get on them?  You can answer that question with one word: Payola!

Payola has been around for a long time and refers to the practice of record companies paying radio stations to play their music.  Because streaming has replaced radio to some extent and the playlist has replaced the DJ, payola has now infected the streaming world when there is payment to be on playlists.

Billboard has a great article on the subject from August 19, 2015.

Music is a very competitive business and it's getting worse by the day.  Now I have competition a chicken who can play a keyboard.  Watch this hen play America the Beautiful.  She's even aware of when a note has not sounded properly and she tries again until it's right.

 

I was just interviewed by NeuFutur Magazine.  You can read it here.

PBS animated a portion of a 1986 interview with Joni Mitchell.  It's pretty cool how it's done.  I really brings the dialogue to life.

There are some hopeful signs for musicians in Bandcamp's 2016 report.  Digital album downloads up 20%, CD sales up 14%, vinyl sales up 48%.  IN ONE YEAR!  All this while the music industry overall is seeing a decline in everything but streaming.

Not only that, but they increased their staff in one year by 43%.  Now that's growth!

LANDR, the artificial intelligence mastering site, published a list of 10 free VST plugins for drums.

I had a lot of fun going through them and listening to the demo tracks or   videos.  It's amazing what high quality stuff you can get out there for free these days.  Personally, I don't think it's good thing that so much is free.  Yes, it seems good for me and other musicians in the short term, but I think it means that in the long run more musicians aren't going to be making any money.

 

My new album, "Isolated Incidents," will be released early in January, hopefully around the 7th.  It is very different from "Billion Dollar Pill."  It is instrumental, free-form improvisations on an Animoog synthesizer app.  The tracks start and one place and end at another, often paying little attention to typical musical conventions like time signature and key signature.  They are inspired by all the things that happen every day in nature that have their own rhythm and melody.  Traditional musical forms that are noted and require a musician to play the piece in a very specific way are authoritarian by design.  The tracks on "Isolated Incidents" are only intended to be played once and never repeated in the exact same way again.

There are some similarities with the work of John Cage, Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, though Hopkins and Eno are generally more structured.

Here is a picture of the cover.

So check back after January 7th and give it a listen.

I know have physical CDs of my album Billion Dollar Pill.  You can order them from CDbaby.com and Bandcamp.  Currently both sites have a way to buy them for $5.  I hope I don't have to do that for too long.

My songs are in another Spotify playlist.  They're all songs about death.  There are some really good ones by artists like Sufjan Stevens, Eminem, The Rolling Stones, Death Cab for Cutie, The Doors, Eric Clapton and many others. (The list will probably change over time but these names are from the current list.)

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